Vintage Mountain Day

  • First Year Mountain Day 1898
  • Mountain Day circa 1903
  • On the way to Mt Holyoke, date unknown
  • Mountain Day circa 1909
  • Members of the Class of 1912 atop Mt. Holyoke on Senior Mountain Day
  • Mountain Day Students have a picnic atop Mount Skinner, circa 1912
  • Mountain Day Students atop Mount Skinner, circa 1912
  • Senior Mountain Day, 1912
  • First Year Mountain Day 1913
  • Senior Mountain Day, 1915
  • Mountain Day Students of the classes of 1914 and 1916 on the mountain holding gathered branches
  • First Year Mountain day 1919
  • Senior Mountain Day, 1920
  • On Mt Holyoke, 1936
  • Members of the Class of 1937 on Mountain Day during their Senior year, at the summit of Mt. Holyoke
  • Group of students from the Class of 1937 relaxing on a rocky island on Mountain Day
  • Members of the class of 1937 on Mountain Day at the Field Memorial Gate
  • On the way to Mt Holyoke, 1940
  • Group from Class of 1944 on a Mountain Day hayride
  • Friends post together on Mountain Day 1936
  • 3 students from the Class of 1951 relaxing near the water on Mountain Day
  • 3 students from the Class of 1951 outdoors enjoying Mountain Day during their First year
  • On the way to Mt Holyoke, 1950
  • Group of international students picnicking in Concord on Mountain Day, circa 1951
  • Four students from the Class of 1951 enjoying a picnic on Mountain Day
  • Mountain Day, 1955
  • Mountain Day 1955
  • Students enjoy a bike ride on Mountain Day 1962
  • 1966 class members on Mountain Day 1965

The First Mountain Day
First held in 1838, a year after the seminary first opened, Mountain Day has endured to be one of the college’s oldest and most beloved traditions. Mary Lyon was a firm believer in the power of physical as well as mental exercise, and required all students to engage in activities such as walking and calisthenics. Te students and teachers set out by carriage at dawn, and hiked the arduous pathway to the top. They returned to the seminary at noon “fatigued by excessive exercise by amply compensated with a rich fund of knowledge gained by the observation of the morning.”

Where Did We Go & How?
For many years, students were brought to the base of the mountain by carriage. Wit the advent of more accessible transportation, students began taking the opportunity to explore the area. They bicycled or drove to Nash Dinosaur Land in Granby, Old Sturbridge Village, Northhampton, Deerfield, Sunderland, the Quabbin Resevoir, Mt. Monadnock, and Mt. Tom. A group of students from 1996 highly recommend visiting the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory.

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